Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Volunteer Presenter Orientation

On Saturday, we had an orientation for possible new presenters. They get a crash course on what it takes to be a presenter and what their responsibilities are with the bird they choose. We prefer that each bird has at least 2 presenters

On a fast pace, a new presenter can check off in about 4 months. Most take about 6 months. Each presenter has a mentor to work with both them and the bird. The new presenter works through a checklist of different requirements. Once they complete the checklist and approved by their mentor, they go before several presenters and a member of the Education Committee. They must do a full presentation with the bird on fist and answer any questions. If they check off, they must
have a presenter at their next 2 presentations. After that they are on their own.

Good Luck to all of our newbies!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sad news and good news

We lost both the golden and the immature bald eagles this morning. On the bright side, they are in a place where they feel much better and get to fly with many great birds.

We received another electrocution bird about a month back. It will have some permanent injuries, but they might not keep it from being released. Britt and I took him to the flight center the other day and he flew right out of the kennel. He did land in a large slush puddle, so he headed to perch to dry off.

Photo Credit: Britt Coon / Bird TLC

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thanks for the help PenAir

Our golden is hanging in there, but it could use some kind thoughts to whom ever you say your bedtime prayers to. We are still having to tube feed him and today we had to add a heat lamp to help keep him warm. He is more alert and holding his head up.

Tonight PenAir brought us a immature bald eagle from Cold Bay. Cindy and I picked him up and got him back to the clinic for an exam. He's in rough shape with a badly broken right wing. Tomorrow he'll get x-rays and we'll see what we can do for him. He's rather skinny and weak, he must have been down for a little while now. No idea how its injury happened, he was found afterwards.

Big THANKS to PenAir for bringing us these guys. In this trying time right now to have a company donate precious cargo space so we can get these birds to our clinic, is AWESOME!!! Maybe it's because patients and PenAir share the same Alaska airspace?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

All things golden

U.S.F.&W. in King Salmon sent us via Penn Air a golden eagle on Monday. I picked him up late and bedded him down at TLC for the evening. He didn't look the best, but had no obvious injuries and it didn't seem immediate life threatening. I called Dr. Palmatier, told him what I had found and told him what I was doing. He agreed and said Cindy would examine him first thing in the morning.

Nothing was found to be physically wrong with him. Dr. Riddle drew blood and the test showed a very low white cell count. They did a transfusion from "Hook" the bald eagle. Cindy took him to Pet Stop and took an x-ray. Nothing was found broken and no foreign objects. That tells us it had ingested something it shouldn't have.

In his condition he doesn't want to eat. So we have to help him out so he can get his strength back. Today Cindy and Erika tube fed him. None of this is a guarantee that he'll pull out of this and survive. But we'll leave no stone unturned trying to make sure he does.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Spring at the flight center

The temperatures are staying above freezing at night and the high 40's during the day. That means the snow and ice is melting off and creating a nice sloppy mess that we can't do much about for the next few weeks. Next month we will have a massive clean up to include pressure washing the walls, repairs, yard care, etc., but for now it's grin and bare.

Britt is the Friday volunteer. She feeds waters and exercises the birds during her extended lunch hour. Right now there's 5 of us who volunteer there. 4 who go out regularly and me, a floater.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009


A slight mishap at the Palmer Airport brings this Rough-Legged Hawk to visit us for a little while. I won't get into the embarrassing situation, but in the long run all will turn out well in the end.

This RLH might not think so right now. It has its right wing in a wing wrap until it heals. It also has a tail guard on to protect its tail from damage while in rehab. Its tail is very important for its maneuvering during hunting. Think of it like a rudder on a plane. Any how all this stuff makes for a clumsy RLH. Patience is a virtue.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Just visiting

With the possible irruption of Mount Redoubt we have taken in a few visitors. Jack and Notch are both part of Elmendorf AFB memorials. They are non-releasable birds due to different injuries. They normally can be viewed everyday where they have a nice large mew, but it has large open walls on 2 sides not allowing protection from ash. Also, Jack stays mostly on the ground and they don't want him stirring up the ash and inhaling it.

They've been at the Bird TLC flight center on Camp Carroll. At first they were kept inside, but with their stay being longer than expected they were moved outside. Here they have a cell to themselves that's 25' wide by 20' tall by 75' long. They have protection from the weather to include ash if we get any. The caretakers from Elmendorf have access whenever they want, but to give them a break the TLC crew at the flight center are feeding them when they take care of the other eagles that are there.

We hope they are enjoying their stay!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

The Great Alaskan Sportman Show

This weekend is the longest weekend of the year for Bird TLC. We get to show our birds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Great Alaskan Sportsman Show We are seen by hundreds of people of all sizes. For a lot of them it's the first time seeing some of the species of birds we have in our education program. It's also a perfect opertunity for us to spread the word about what we do.

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